Présence Francophone: Revue internationale de langue et de littérature


A reflective, first-person account, Benjamin Sehene’s Le feu sous la soutane is the story of memories of a double crime of rape and genocide by a Catholic priest, Father Stanislas. At the beginning of the killings of the Tutsi, some people take refuge in a parish in Kigali. Its priest takes under his protection a few Tutsi women, hiding them in the presbytery. But, the Holy man will rape them. He also participates alongside with the Hutu militia to the extermination of the Tutsi who came to take refuge in the parish. Later the priest took refuge in France where he will be pursued by justice. The story takes the form of a popular novel evoking a historic event. It also unfolds as an essay on the guilt for a subject oscillating between the feeling of Fault and its denial.



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